Monday, 24 January, 2022


Girls Education Should Be a Strategic Development Priority

Pradyot Sri Barua

Girls Education Should Be a Strategic Development Priority

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Girl students, who intend to go for education, encounter several situations in life when they really need attention for getting educated.

Education for girls should be a strategic development priority as they need to adapt to a changing world and contribute to their communities and the national economy as well. But it does not happen in many cases.

Purnima Roy (not her real name) used to live at Bilchari village in Chawkaria upazila of Cox’s Bazar district. She passed SSC exam in 2015 securing CGPA 4.50. After passing the SSC exams, she was admitted to a local college. Unfortunately, she didn’t continue her education as her parents forcibly married her off.With such decision of her parents her dream of becoming a self-reliant woman after completing education was dashed to the ground. But she was undone.

Looking at the girls’ education scenario it is seen that the presence of women at primary to secondary level is high in the country. But the scenario is different from higher secondary to higher education level.

According to Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BBEIS), the ratio of girl students is 50.75 percent at primary level, 55.14 percent at junior school level (sixth grade to eight grade) and 51.65 percent at secondary level (ninth grade to tenth grade).

At higher secondary level the ratio of girl students is 46.97 percent, 41.39 percent at degree level and 36.07 percent at masters’ level.

Experts said poverty, lack of residential facilities for higher education and getting married are the main barriers for girl students.

As per the BBEIS, the rate of drop out at secondary level is also higher though the number of admission of girl students is higher.

About 40 percent girl students are dropping out from schools, madrasas and vocational educational institutes while the ratio (dropping out) of boy students is 37.62 percent.

Besides a total of 6,76,623 students are studying at 42 public universities across the country. Among the total students, 2,51,004 are girl students which is 37.09 percent of total students.

A total of 10,28,314 students are studying at 103 private universities. Of them, 3,49,045 are girl students which is 27.88 percent of total students.

As per the BBEIS, the number of girl students was less in 2018 than 2017. The ratio of participation of girl students in 2017 was 42.10 percent while it was 41.39 percent in 2018. And at the postgraduate level it has decreased by zero point 26 percent.

According to University Grants Commission (UGC), the number of girl students was 12,238 among the total 33,360 students of Dhaka University. The number of girl students was 1,873 among the total 8,856 students at BUET and the number of girls students was 4,814 among the total 17,414 students of Jagannat University.

Experts said, the present Awami League government has given priority to the education along with taking up different promotional policies.

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said a lot of improvement and progress have taken place in country’s education sector and the students are also doing well. The development of the education system is possible through the proper insertion, analysis and proper use of information on education, she added.


The writer is a freelance contributor